At the end of May, Sasha Buchanan alerted readers of this Blog to AMBIT, an exhibition of photography showing across two renowned venues. AMBIT celebrates new and diverse approaches to photographic image making in Scotland, and the participating artists deploy diverse approaches, including the everyday in social landscape, performative and object based intersections with photography, alternative processes embracing hybrids between photography and printmaking, and themes from the theatrical and mythical, to those of gender and citizenship. See Sasha’s original post here.
The videos posted recently via YouTube are from Csilla Kozma, Edyta Majewska, Katy Hundertmark, the Highlands-based photographer Iain Sarjeant, and Matthew Arthur Williams – see the videos below. Each short video includes narration from the artist on the thoughts and ideas behind their work.
A contrasting record of contemporary Scotland is offered by Scottish photographer Iain Sarjeant. Whilst being based in the Highlands of Scotland Sarjeant has travelled the length and breadth of the country to create a startling yet understated document of everyday Scotland, documenting common place yet often overlooked landscapes to create a visual record of a nation in flux.
Katy Hundertmark is a German born artist based in Edinburgh. Her photographic practice employs performance as a way of inhabiting the photographic space. In ‘Studies in Gravitation’ Hundertmark revisits the performative potential of photography through a series of photographs that reintroduce the self as performer and capture her attempt of grasping the intangible.
The performative possibilities of photographic images are at the core of Hungarian born Csilla Kozma, whose most recent body of work explores the idiosyncratic nature of the Mordançage process. Kozma’s unique and expressive prints explore the representation of the figure and self through a post-photographic lens, utilising the potentiality of alternative photographic processes to evoke tension and mystery whilst creating her own photographic reality.
Similarly Edyta Majewska turns the camera on herself as she documents the arduous process of applying for British Citizenship. Majewska, a Polish born artist who has been based in Glasgow for over twenty years, turns her experience of being an Eastern European national in Post-Brexit Britain into 'Other White', a moving and immersive photographic installation and a timely record of the precarious and hostile political climate of modern day Britain.
Matthew Arthur Williams’ series ‘In Conflict’ is a collaborative project that stems from a personal quest developed through conversations with friends, family and peers. Williams’ photographs address forms of acceptance and surviving in a British context described as ‘other’.
AMBIT is a partnership between Street Level Photoworks (Glasgow), and Stills (Edinburgh), Scotland’s public venues dedicated to photography. The exhibition will be presented across both venues and is a joint venture aimed at showcasing some of the current tendencies and innovative talent from the photography sector in Scotland.
AMBIT Artist Talks
Saturday 22 June at 3pm
Free and all welcome.
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